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And these two common strumpets, hand in hand, Walk forth, and preach up virtue through the land ; Start at corruption, at a bribe turn pale, Shudder at pensions, and at placemen rail. Peace, peace! ye wretched hypocrites; or rather With Job, say to Corruption, 'Thou'rt our Father.'
But how will Walpole justify his fate? He trusted Islay10, till it was too late. Where were those parts! where was that piercing mind! That judgement, and that knowledge of mankind! To trust a traitor that he knew so well! (Strange truth! betray'd, but not deceiv'd, he fell!) He knew his heart was, like his aspect, vile; Knew him the tool, and brother of Argyll! Yet to his hands his power and hopes gave up; And though he saw 'twas poison, drank the cup! Trusted to one he never could think true, And perish'd by a villain that he knew.
London, March 8, 1742.
I AM obliged to write to you to-day, for I am sure I shall not have a moment to-morrow; they are to make their motion for a Secret Committee to examine into the late administration. We are to oppose it strongly, but to no purpose; for since the change, they have beat us on no division under a majority of forty. This last week has produced no novelties; his Eoyal Highness has been shut up with the measles, of which he was near dying, by eating China oranges.
We are to send sixteen thousand men into Flanders in
10 Archibald Campbell, Earl of Islay, brother of John, Duke of Argyll, in. conjunction with whom (though then openly at variance) he was supposed to have betrayed Sir R. W. and to have let the Opposition
succeed in the Scotch elections, which were trusted to his management. It must be observed that Sir E. W. would never allow that he believed himself betrayed by Lord Islay. Walpole.